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I recently read that parents spend an average of €1,500 on disposable nappies per child. This was rather a startling statistic as I await the arrival of my third child. I already have two daughters who have been far from average in their nappy use, so I’d estimate that so far I’ve easily spent around €4,000. This is not to mention the untold environmental damage I’ve probably caused littering the earth with dirty nappies which, according to some estimates, will take... + read more
Naff, awful, rubbish….these are just a few of the adjectives some people use to describe the Eurovision Song Contest. Personally I prefer glitzy, glamorous and fun! OK, perhaps the songs are a bit tacky and it is somewhat camp, but I believe the positives far outweigh the negatives in this celebration of all things European. As well as being entertaining it also teaches us a great lesson in appreciating our neighbours and learning about other countries, which is why I will be letting my... + read more
LA FALLERA BEING a fallera is more than just putting on a posh frock and it’s certainly not to be referred to as ‘fancy dress’. The cost of the dress alone is enough to make one weep, then there are all the extras; the hair, the jewels, the underwear, not to mention the annual fee paid to be a member of one of Valencia’s 355 Fallas (a sort of cliquey club or association). Each Falla has a fallera mayor, if you like the Miss of their group. This is quite an honour... + read more
WARS have been fought for it, in the third world families walk miles everyday for it, we cannot survive without it. It is that most vital substance for life, water. As the world faces an ever-increasing demand for an ever-decreasing supply, Zaragoza has chosen water as the theme when it hosts the next International Exhibition in 2008. The subject is quite an appropriate one for a city in the second driest part of Spain, where the newspapers are filled daily with reports of the sequía (... + read more
FOR TWO weeks in January competitors from around the world bring their huskies, malamutes and alaskas to the Pyrenees to take part in Pirena. The contest, started in 1991 by Pep Parés, takes the dogs and their owners through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pyrenees of Aragón, Catalonia, Andorra and France, on ‘La Ruta Blanca del Pirineo’ which is Pirena. At night the howl of the dogs beneath the stars, around the bonfires harks back to the beginning of... + read more


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